Review: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection


Epic fights but lackluster story

I’m not too familiar with the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series, though I did watch the second film and played some of the games, though don’t remember which. When I recently saw the trailer for Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection by Eleven Arts, it definitely sparked some familiarity, so I had to look it up, especially since it looks really cool. Realizing that it was Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, I really wanted to watch it, and luckily the movie follows its own original story, and it does a good job for the most part at not leaving newcomers lost, minus the level of character interactions, which is common sense that a newcomer would be lost.

In Reflection, a pair of researchers stay behind on their dying planet of Eltria with their two daughters, Amitie and Kirie, in hopes of finding a way to revive the planet. Unfortunately, when their father Granz falls ill, their dream of reviving the planet vanishes. Against her older sister's wishes, Kirie sets off with her childhood friend Iris to seek help from a distant alternate world. They arrive in Japan on Earth to search for the key to their planet's regeneration in which they encounter Nanoha Takamachi, Fate T. Harlaown, and Hayate Yagami. Kirie trying to get what she wants at all cost, she alongside Iris fights whoever gets in her way.

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection 
Studio: Seven Arcs Pictures
Licensed By: Eleven Arts
Released: February 11th, 2018 (NA)

As a shonen-head that loves to watch intense fights, and this movie pulled through, with but the overall story was lackluster, and the antagonists were really shallow. It almost felt like I was watching a watered-down version of Naruto, with a certain character almost having the same role as Zetsu, where she controls a character in despair for their own desires. In the context of this movie, that would be Iris taking advantage of Kirie to get the artifact that will help her reach her goal instead.

One thing that bothered me a bit is that the heroines were asking their opponent for their story even though they were doing bad things also felt off with me, but considering I’m watching this in the shoes of a newcomer, I won’t be too fussy with this. Sadly, this is part one of a two-parter, so the movie ended on a cliffhanger, which left me with more to desire.

Without a say, the animation was really good, which is thanks to Seven Arcs Pictures. It’s not the best thing out there, but it made the fights very flashy and enjoyable, which is what made the entire movie bearable for me. The soundtrack wasn’t really out of this world either, except for the theme song by Nana Mizuki.

Overall, I had a good time watching the movie. Despite the story and lack of depth in the characters, all the fights were epic and kept me entertained. Perhaps I shouldn’t have watched the movie not having too much knowledge of the series, even if it’s described as an original story, but I feel like even as a newcomer, I can comment that the story was really weak regardless. It really got me interested in the franchise. Naturally, this movie can only be truly enjoyed by the hardcore fans of the series. 

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection reviewed by Christian Chiok



Slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy it a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.
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